Employees From Global Engineering Group Bechtel To Join DAA At Dublin Airport
According to The Irish Times, employees from global engineering group Bechtel will join Dublin and Cork airport operator DAA in a new deal to aid Dublin Airport's capital spending programme.
The airport operator is currently working on a number of building projects to prepare Dublin Airport for future demand.
DAA, responsible for Cork and Dublin airports, has hired Bechtel as an "integrated partner" for the capital spending programme.
Bechtel is a US-based multinational engineering, construction, and project management business working across the energy, infrastructure, nuclear, security, and mining and metals industries.
It has managed more than 40 major airport projects in the last decade, including the expansion of Gatwick and London City airports, and new construction at Muscat International Airport in Oman.
Under the deal, Bechtel employees will become part of Dublin Airport's existing team, giving its infrastructure department greater flexibility to meet the programme’s demands.
Managing director of Dublin Airport, Vincent Harrison, said the extra staff "will deliver efficiencies across a range of areas."
John Williams, Bechtel's UK & Ireland managing director, said the company would bring experience and innovation to Dublin Airport’s investment programme.
DAA recently began the procurement process for a series of projects to ensure work is ready to commence when passenger numbers recover from the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation has approved the work, which is likely to run to the end of this decade.
Work on necessary projects including Dublin Airport’s new north runway and baggage screening systems is continuing.
Passenger numbers at the airport, Ireland’s biggest gateway, fell 78% to 7.4 million last year.
A record 32.9 million travellers passed through there in 2019.
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